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French Parliament follows the road towards BPA-and EDCs-free products by RES

In November 2012, the French Parliament approved a law banning Bisphenol A (BPA) from all food contact materials in 2015, and as from 1 January 2013 for those intended for 0 to 3 years old.

French MPs seized the opportunity of the vote on BPA, unanimously supported, favouring provisions to ban certain EDCs identified by the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (REACH), improve classification, labelling and packaging regulations from use in medical devices for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, as well as for parental nutrition materials, tubes being used in neonatology departments and maternities containing DEHP (in a later stage, an assessment is required for extension to DBP and BBP).

The resulting set of measures on EDCs therefore gains coherence. When implemented, these provisions will place France at the same level of other EU Member States such as Denmark or Sweden, which do not wait for EU-wide actions to be taken before implementing precautionary actions preventing EDCs exposures.

Although the National Assembly and the Senate voted unanimously to ban BPA from food contact materials, the regulatory process has been delayed and is under pressure from industry. The Senate has postponed the deadline of 18 months. During the 2nd reading, the Parliament reduced this delay to 6 months. Instead of 1 January 2014, our utensils and food would be rid of BPA as of 1 January 2015 - this last deadline still requires approval by the Senate on Thursday 13 December 2012.

RES and its allies are still trying to get the 2014 deadline re-established. Please help us by signing the petition.

The text to be discussed (as voted by Parliament on 28 November 2012).

Originally posted on 11 December 2012

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